Rarities Edition: Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge

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Rarities Edition: Melissa Etheridge Review

by Johnny Loftus

Universal’s Rarities Edition series whittles their Deluxe Edition series down to a single disc containing nothing but the non-LP cuts; it’s a repackaging of a classic album minus the album itself, designed for listeners who never replaced their original copies with the double-disc reissue, but want the second disc as a supplement. This Rarities Edition focuses on live material from 1988 -- a triumphant ten-song homecoming set at L.A.'s Roxy, and five acoustic performances. The live material also shines, although the keyboards are a bit too prominent, and end up dating the sound a bit (particularly on "Similar Features"). Fans will love all the good-natured stage chatter, though, especially Etheridge's Storytellers-style explanation behind "Occasionally," which she then performs on the back of her Ovation 12-string. Acoustic versions of favorites like "Chrome Plated Heart" and "Similar Features" show Etheridge to be as talented a guitar player as she is a powerful, passionate singer. Highly recommended for any Etheridge believer.